The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released their Semi Annual Crime Report Thursday which lists all 67 counties in Florida and compares where they stand on crime between Jaunary and June of this year to the same period last year.
Across the panhandle..a few counties showed a decrease in their crime rate. Jackson county is one of them.
The report reveals Jackson County's crime rate index is down 15 percent. The crime clearance rate is up and stands at 29 percent. Sheriff Lou Roberts says the clearance rate means out of the cases reported, how many have been cleared by arrest or by getting that case resolved.
Sheriff Lou Roberts says citizen involvement which has increased significantly is one of the reasons why the clearance rate is up from 12.1 percent in 2011 to 29 percent.
"They see and hear things that we will never be privilaged to as law enforcement so without that partnership I think we would have a very hard time," says Sheriff Roberts.
The FDLE Semi-Annual Report breaks down the numbers for specific crimes. It reveals there were no murders and fewer rapes. There was also a decrease in motor vehicle theft and larceny. According to the report, there were 119 fewer cases of larceny reported.
However, the report does show robbery and burglary increased.
Taking a look at other counties and their total crime rate increases:
Bay County -1.8 %
Calhoun County +24.1%
Washington County +22.6%
Walton County +0.2%
Gulf County +25.4%
Franklin County +11.8%
Holmes County -7.5%
Liberty County +90%